Posted here since the touring sections don't get much traffic.
I want to take 6 weeks off in May and the first part of June and do a big ride on my 919 around the U.S. It's the kind of thing I've always dreamed about--just me and my bike, wandering the earth, man.
I've done lots of short bike camping trips and a couple of 2-week rides out to places like Colorado and Montana, and loved it though it was rough on my body. Nothing like waking up at dawn in the desert and seeing the sun glint off your bike, or crouching close to the tank and wringing the throttle to try and outrun a mountain thunderstorm as the first lightning bolts dance on the horizon.
So this time, I have friends and relatives sprinkled along the way; a buddy in Portland, a couple of friends in Missoula, relatives in Gunnison, CO, friends in Iowa City, a special friend in Asheville, NC, and a couple of friends in NYC.
So, wristtwisters, tell me your favorite roads, your travel tips, etc.
I'm pretty familiar with the West; I love the Eastern Sierra, Death Valley in CA; Lolo Pass in Idaho, want to try Beartooth Pass in WY, love Hwy 12 through Torrey, Utah; want to see the north rim of the Grand Canyon if I can. I'm willing to ride short stretches on good gravel or dirt roads if the weather allows, and I just took some dirtbike schooling to prepare; but the 919 doesn't have much suspension clearance, so paved roads will be the focus.
Further east, I'm not so sure. I'd like to ride the Dragon and the Cherohala Skyway in NC, and probably do the Blue Ridge Parkway from there up to NYC. The Smoky Mountains in TN sound great.
What's the best way across the Dakotas? Are there any interesting roads in Nebraska? Know of a great campground in Texas, a cool museum in Missouri, a nifty abandoned missile silo in Kansas, a hidden canyon in New Mexico? I want to know, and I want to ride there, and yes, I will take pictures.
Time: May-early June 2009
Place: From Oakland to NYC and back
Bike: 2004 Honda 919
Gear: Givi hard luggage, A755 windscreen, and a centerstand on the bike. Sargent saddle on the way.
Already got good camping equipment, a mesh jacket and pants (with good waterproof liners, heated vest as backup), Aerostich boots, and dish gloves to cover my gloves during storms.
I'll be camping primarily, relieved by occasional motels in bad weather and friends' places. Let me know if you've got recommendations for places to stay or places to eat, too. Thanks.